The All That Glitters Mermaids collection began back in 2008 when I found this cute collection of mermaid girls. I fell in love with the artwork, and immediately purchased it. Over the next 18 months, I attempted to begin stitching with these designs a few times, but was never happy with the results.
Until I went to the Houston Quilt Festival in 2009. There I was introduced to an amazing product called Mylar. This small piece of film gives the appearance of using metallic thread, without any of the problems that we are all too familiar with using metallic thread.
I can remember purchasing a couple of sheets of this film, and looking at it at night in my hotel. I would always stay up late as I wanted to be able to call the family back in Australia and talk to the children, so I had plenty of time.
As I was looking through designs that would work well with this film, I began looking at the mermaids, and knew I was on to a winner.
I have used the Iridescent Embroidery Film on only the mermaids tails, so that you get the glittery effect of the scales. It is a subtle touch to some very cute designs.
The mermaid collection contains ten different mermaid designs, along with 5 different under the sea elements.
Whilst the designs themselves are relatively simplistic, each design contains between 11 and 14 colour changes. This is because of the layering involved in the designs.
Last year I worked with a customer on these designs. She had contacted me letting me know how disappointed she was in the collection, and how the colour guides didn’t even match up. Upon working with her, I discovered that someone had “edited” the designs to make them less colour changes, meaning that there were elements you could not see. Once I supplied her with the correct unedited designs, she was a much happier customer.
The first things that I made with these designs were t-shirts for the girls. At this stage they were in pre-school, and going through a period where they wanted to dress alike (there were twins in their pre-school group who were always dressed alike, so Grace thought this was what she had to do). Grace particularly loved getting up each day and making Emma pick the same clothes as her. One of the things that I love about the Iridescent Embroidery Film, is that it washes and irons so well.
I have also over the years done a baby quilt with these gorgeous designs, as well as a beach bag.
Initially when I created this collection, we gave away one of the beautiful mermaids as a freebie. You can access this design HERE. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second All That Glitters Mermaid design as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
We are also offering for the next two weeks a special on our Iridescent Embroidery Film – use the code IEFFLASH for a 40% off special.
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.